Grey breasted Sabrewing (Campylopterus largipennis)

Grey-breasted Sabrewing

[order] Apodiformes | [family] Trochilidae | [latin] Campylopterus largipennis | [UK] Grey-breasted Sabrewing | [FR] Campyloptere a ventre gris | [DE] Graubrust-Degenflugel | [ES] Colibri Pechigris | [IT] Campilottero pettogrigio | [NL] Grijsborstsabelvleugel


Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range
Campylopterus largipennis SA Amazonia
Campylopterus largipennis aequatorialis e Colombia and nw Brazil to n Bolivia
Campylopterus largipennis diamantinensis se Brazil
Campylopterus largipennis largipennis e Venezuela, the Guianas, n Brazil
Campylopterus largipennis obscurus ne Brazil

Physical charateristics

It is a fairly large and dull hummingbird whose main identification features are the broad white tips to its dark blue tail and the prominent white spot behind its eye. Upperparts, including central tail feathers, shiny dark green. Rest of tail feathers steel blue with the outermost distally white. Underparts dark grey. Head, chin and breast grey, slightly curved bill and legs black.

Listen to the sound of Grey-breasted Sabrewing

[audio: Sabrewing.mp3]

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Eastern Colombia, venezuela, the Guianas and the North West Rio Grande area in Brazil. Quite common Hummingbird in the savannas and interior.


It prefers forest borders and clearings, usually at low to mid levels where it often perches conspicuously.


Cup-shaped nest is built out of moss and lined with soft mterial. Positioned saddeld against a branch or hanging from a leaf. Always near running water and or a waterfall. Clutch size is 2 eggs, no other data available.

Feeding habits

Diet consists of nectar of flowers and sometimes anthropods, caught by hawking..


This species has a large range, with an estimated global extent of occurrence of 6,600,000 km2. The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population size criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., less than 10,000 mature individuals in conjunction with appropriate decline rates and subpopulation qualifiers), even though the species is described as ‘uncommon’ in at least parts of its range (Stotz et al. 1996). Global population trends have not been quantified, but the species is not believed to approach the thresholds for the population decline criterion of the IUCN Red List (i.e., declining more than 30% in ten years or three generations). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Grey-breasted Sabrewing status Least Concern


Sedentary throughout range

Distribution map

Grey-breasted Sabrewing range map


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